The wizarding world of "Harry Potter" is coming to the US with J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," an official prequel that takes place in New York in the 1920s.
The cover image, which you can see to the right, pictures Scamander, with what EW calls "his pivotal briefcase," standing inside the entrance of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA). That's the American version of the British Ministry of Magic from the "Harry Potter" book and film series.
MACUSA is housed within the Woolworth Building in New York City.
"Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will take viewers deep into the wizarding world in the United States 70 or so years before the events that transpire in the original "Harry Potter" heptalogy.
The "Fantastic Beasts" issue of Entertainment Weekly promises to answer your questions about the film's storyline and how it will differ from the "Harry Potter" movies. It will be on newsstands Friday.
Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," will play Scamander. Joining him onscreen will be Katherine Waterston as Porpentina Goldstein, Colin Farrell as Graves and Samantha Morton as Mary Lou. The full cast can be viewed on IMDb.
The film will land in theaters in the US and UK on November 18, 2016. No release date has been announced for Australia.